- How to start an internet service provider company in India? What are the minimum requirements?

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

How to start an internet service provider company in India? What are the minimum requirements?

Starting an Internet Service Provider (ISP) business is not an easy task but if planned well and with access to right resources is not impossible either.
The biggest challenge to becoming an ISP in India is the huge amount of initial capital required for the licensing, equipment and infrastructure. Internet Network bandwidth, equipment cooling and power sources are all resources that have to be planned and executed properly.
  • Find a suitable building to use as the ISP’s data center :
First you will need a place to host your data center. To start with, it can be a small room but with raised floor. It will help you route the cables easily.
  • Purchase and install UPS (Power Backup Solutions), a diesel power generator (In case of power cuts) and other electrical equipments and mounting units
UPS and diesel generators will help you in case there is a power outage in the city you are in. You will also need to ensure that the data center has got proper cooling equipments so that the equipments do not get hot.
  • Arrange bandwidth with at least one or two upstream Internet service providers
Your ISP needs to have its network bandwidth in order to provide Internet services. You will need to purchase bandwidth which you will resell to your clients. If you want help in purchasing bandwidth, please contact Wiber Broadband to buy ISP bandwidth
  • Buy high-speed fiber optic lines to connect to the upstream Internet provider(s)
You will need to connect your Data Center to the ISP upstream so you will need to either buy fiber optic lines or use a Wireless Link.
  • Purchase, install and configure enterprise-grade ISP equipments (Routers, switches and computers for server purpose)
You will need good quality hardware in order to provide a good service. If you settle for low cost solution, you will often be dealing with slow performance complaints from your clients which obviously is the last thing you want to deal with.
  • Create a sales and support strategy
You will need to create a sales team and after sale support team in order to sell and maintain your services. 
  • Acquire Licenses
The Government of India has come up with one license for all telecom related services, known as a Unified License. Under unified license, the license holder can apply for ISP license for different areas. One must acquire a Unified License under which he will obtain Authorization for providing ISP services for a certain area. Hence, it must be understood that there is no separate ISP license as such. Instead, one must obtain ISP Authorization under the Unified License. 
This is the most important aspect of starting an ISP company in India. You will either need to apply for your own License (too costly and time consuming) or you can share a license with other partners and associates. That ways you will have to pay very little amount of money and can start an ISP legally.
  • Start Selling
Once you have done everything you can start selling and enjoy the returns on your investment.
The whole process takes from upto 21 days to 2 months depending on the planning, feasibility and a few other factors.

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